Strategies for Decorating Coffee Tables

Try these 10 simple strategies for arranging coffee table accessories to fit your - and your room's - style. Then see how our readers used these tips in their homes!
By: Leah Hennen


Built-in cubbies turn this coffee table into a horizontal display case. Photo by nep.

Keep It Personal

Unique ceramic pottery gives this coffee table vingette a personal touch. Photo by caramimi.

Choose a Theme

A stack of books about shabby chic decorating is accented by a vintage white bird and a simple vase of robin's eggs. Photo by suzanneduda.

Add Surprising Accessories

A simple silver bowl is an unexpected, attractive centerpiece on this coffee table. Photo by boristheblade.

Stick to Odd Numbers

Three coffee tables are better than one in this bright, asymmetrical arrangement. Photo by birdinthehand.

Choose Containers

Tiny containers and trays add both interest and storage space to this coffee table. Photo by moline.

Consider Scale and Height

A mixture of height and colorful accessories adds life to this coffee table. Photo by jacquiscloset.

Less is More

Minimal decoration and clean space on the table makes this room feel relaxed and organized. Photo by ameeliah.

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Build a Factory Cart Coffee Table

Add updated style to your living room with this DIY coffee table. Featuring an optional reclaimed wood top and caster wheels, this step-by-step project proves factory style — without the price — is obtainable by anyone.

Reclaimed Lumber Coffee Table

Combine reclaimed wood and casters to create a rugged coffee table with a touch of industrial chic, a beautiful centerpiece for your living room.

How to Make an Upcycled Coffee Table

Salvaged wood and architectural remnants are prime candidates to be repurposed as furniture. In the case of this table, pieces of an old rope bed and a beadboard door are upcycled into a functional and one-of-a-kind coffee table. 

How to Construct a Rustic Trunk-Style Coffee Table

Trunk-style coffee tables are not only stylish, they also provide practical storage for toys, extra throws and pillows, a movie collection and anything that needs to be stored for a busy family. This rustic trunk-style coffee table is an easy build, but the result will have your friends thinking you're a pro woodworker.

Turn an Old Coffee Table Into an Upholstered Storage Ottoman

This stylish storage ottoman makes a great coffee table, provides extra seating and is a cushy place to prop up your feet at the end of the day. The handy lid lifts to reveal plenty of storage for throws, kids' toys or board games.